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A Short Review of Shipwreck #1 (Comic Book, 2017)

A Short Review of Shipwreck #1 (Comic Book, 2017) Much like listening to the first song of an entire album, reading the first issue of a comic book series is a little like testing the water, seeing if the temperature is just right to get in. That about sums up my experience reading this debut comic book from acclaimed writer Warren Ellis, who the back on the comic informs me wrote the comic books that would inspire the films Red and Iron Man 3. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to excite me into jumping into the water, nor did the actual story itself encourage me to dive further. This comic is essentially a mystery presented in the form of a man named Dr. Jonathan Shipwright, a US Air Force Pilot who is the lone survivor of shipwreck who has the ability to transport from what appears to be on the other sides of doors. It’s a neat ability I suppose if it can be explained why it matters, which will hopefully happen in further issues. But …

Review of Daredevil Ultimate Collection — Book 1

Review of Daredevil Ultimate Collection — Book 1   Well past the point of becoming a cliche by now, the presentation of the superhero tale in a nuanced caricature of violent justice and the repercussions that entail from the pursuit of catching the bad guy must have struck a nerve in the comic book world after Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev ‘s run of Daredevil was released. Having won the Eisner award for “Best Continuing Series”, it’s easy to see how Bendis and Maleev real life approach to Daredevil resonated with an audience hungry for tales that were more than just fist fights and drawn out battles. At times a psychological study on the nature of vigilante justice, while at others an episode similar to Law & Order, this collection of Daredevil comics portrays our hero as a man torn by grief over dead loved ones and his own moral obligation to pursue those who commit crimes while maintaining a normal life as a criminal defense lawyer. While this tale was no doubt revelatory …

Bone: Out From Boneville (Comic, 2003)

  Having read Bone, the complete series 2 years ago, I returned to this first volume of the magnum opus prepared for the letdown that I inevitably would experience. So much has been said about Bone to the point that I merely expect it to knock me out of my chair in its greatness, only to be disappointed by how simple and childlike the tale begins. And yet, it’s this simplicity that makes the first volume such a quick read. It’s humor it’s chintzy, it’s drawings straight out of a newspaper comic strip, and it’s story small and quaint. Indeed, there’s hints at a larger story. In this first volume we are introduced to the hooded figure and the rat creatures that are on the hunt for “the one with the star on his chest,” which we the reader know as Phoney. And there’s the dragon and Thorn’s dream that suggest something bigger is to come, tho having read the complete series already the surprise is dead. Not that coming into this story fresh would …

100 Bullets: Vol. 1 (Comic, 1999)

It’s inevitable that the human spirit feels guilt, tho the question must be posed after reading 100 Bullets: does Agent Graves feel guilt over his complicitness in the revenge he offers to the seedy characters in this gripping crime mystery?   Graves starts off a shadowy figure–an allure of temptation that only Satan could dream up. His forbidden fruit is a briefcase. Inside is a handgun with a untracebale bullets and proof of a crime and a picture of the person who committed it. Take it, it’s yours. Do you follow the temptation to it’s vilest conclusion?   Our first foray into the world of 100 Bullets is thru Dizzy, a sexy latina woman who has just been released from prison. On a train home she reminisces about her lost husband Hector and her child, who were, according to her own memory, killed in a drive by shooting by a gang led by a man named Lord. At least that’s what she believes up until Graves sits next to her and offers her the tool …

The First Annual Glass City Black Comix Fest

The day started stressful and early. I woke up at 4 am and tired and worried about the ever present concern of weight loss, never content despite the fact that I had contained my weight for 2 months. And yet I knew something was ahead of me. Saturday usually is one of my busiest days, my mornings occupied my daily walk and cup of coffee. By 9:45 I hit the streets to downtown Toledo where I get free bread from a local food pantry and grab a warm meal, this time consisting of some delicious and hot vegetable soup with a side of kibasa and saur kraut. But this is window dressing. The real highlight of the day was the chance to attend the Toledo Library’s first annual Glass City Black Comix Art Fest,  a free event open to the public.   The event was held in a small pocket of Toledo’s fine main library, held in the Huntington Center Room which is hid underneath a stair case and out of the public’s eye. It’s …

My First Free Comic Book Day – 2016

The greatest day beside X-Mas was upon us to the delight of all our inner 11 years olds. Yes, I’m talking about free comic book day–an annual event where we’re all geeks and fans, and not just of the films. I gathered towards my new favorite comic book spot Monarch Comics and Cards for some free merch and to buy the second volume of the Sex Criminals trade back. Along the way… All your favorite Marvel heroes (poor DC) were on hand to shine their toned spandex covered butts in all their glory. Rogue was especially striking white her grey streak of lushness hair, along with Captain America and his unfortunate weight gain. But my favorite was Black Widow. Who couldn’t revel in her presence as she braved the ensuring humidity of May and its subsequent rising of temperature. People complain about the objectification of women in comic books but damn were those boots she was sporting hot. Of course. I was really there to see my good friend Peter Parker frighten little children like …

A run in with a nice guy at my comic store

The first issue of Black Panther might be my elixir. Just when I’m on the verge of cancelling my Marvel unlimited plan, I took the plunge and actually bought a new comic. It felt awesome to go to my local comic shop and finally get to shoot the shit with the owner, a guy with dyed blond long hair and a black pull on you goatee beard. I’ve talked to him in the past but have had nothing to share through a meaningful exchange with him. I really don’t know much about comics, though I can proudly whispher who Alex Ross and Joseph Campbell. But now I’m a new man and though not quite a nerd not yet a bro. And I think I’ve found a kindred spirit. It’s nice to have someone to talk to about this ever expanding subject matter. Someone who doesn’t gush over every sentence in his unadorned love for superheroes. No, we talked about how comics are on the decline. It was a conversation tinged with melancholy, but the dude seemed pretty …